I am a lifelong inhabitant of Michigan. I decided to do something therapeutic and write a blogging website. www.inyerself.com
I touch on all subjects but my focus will be on Life Experiences, Technology, Home and Self Improvement.
(Apple Carplay) Finally Cord-Free
I wanted to take the time and write about a Wireless Carplay gadget I bought quite some time ago to eliminate additional wires in my automobile. Knowing I wouldn't have to have a wire from my phone directly to the radio within my car was its most significant selling feature. I have enough cables in my life, and the thought of having an additional one going from my phone to the USB Carplay connection in the vehicle was offputting. Besides, I wanted the port open on my iPhone in case it needed a proper charge. The USB connection directly to the radio offers little if any charging capability.
I Needed Warmth. It Was Time to Take the Plunge!
I had been wanting a good winter coat for quite some time but it took an excursion with my kids to push me to buy one. What do I mean by good? I have owned several ski coats over the years, and those babies are heavy. You have the outer shell and inner (fleece-like) liners, and though they keep you warm, I always believed there was something better. These coats can be bulky and cumbersome in a lot of ways.
Playing Pond Hockey in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Since 2007, St. Ignace, Michigan, has hosted a pond hockey tournament on Moran Bay. For those unfamiliar, St. Ignace is the first city you encounter as you cross over the Mackinac Bridge (pictured below) into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. You are in "Yooper" territory now.
I Opted For a Wired Doorbell!
Since purchasing my first Arlo Essential Wired offering, I have installed no less than three of these in three different houses (Other family members). The experience was pretty easy in all cases, provided we had the proper voltage transformer described in my earlier article. The Arlo application has plenty of instructions and videos to help you out in various situations. One other item of note: When connecting to your WIFI network, you must link to the 2.4ghz spectrum. It will not connect using the 5ghz band.
The Apple Watch is a Game Changer!
I swore to myself I couldn't own a watch because I couldn't get used to having anything on my wrist. I relied heavily on my cell phone or the people around me for knowing what time it was. It wasn't until Apple took the concept of a watch and exaggerated all of the functions a watch can do that I noticed.
My Introduction to "Today's Advent Calendar"
My first introduction to the Advent Calendar was in German Class back in high school. Frau Hildegard Kelly, our teacher, made mention of these calendars, which became all the rage at our school during the December Christmas holiday. Everyone knew about the 12 days of Christmas but certainly not about this little calendar with 24 doors of surprises. Frau Kelly would always order the calendars in a large number as they were sure to sell out.
We Lived For Friday Night Hockey!
I was telling a story the other day regarding an observation a friend and I made a few decades ago. He and I were coming up the ranks in our weekly Drop-In Hockey and Adult Hockey leagues. We were young, and together we were looking around the locker room and noticed we were the youngest in the locker room. It is incredible how fast the tides have turned. We are now the oldest in the room.
"Amazon" Too Darn Convenient!
I get it, we should be supporting our local stores, but Amazon is "too darn convenient." I was an early adopter of Amazon and have found just about every way to utilize them over the years. There is no denying Amazon appeals to the masses with over 200 million users.
Puerto Rico is a Place of Beauty Best Experienced Outside of a Pandemic!
My wife and I first experienced the craziness of COVID in March of 2020. We had long planned a Puerto Rico trip to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. As the dates rolled closer, it was becoming more and more apparent COVID could affect our plans. After much consternation, we both opted to proceed ahead with the thought, "what could go wrong."
"Screaming" WIFI Speeds was my Goal
For years a small group consisting of my friends and me have competed to have the most reliable and speedy internet service. We often joke about the old dial-up 2400 bps (Baud Per Second), which graduated to the 44K modems that hit the market many years ago. This was replaced with the 56K modems, and then we were off to the races. We had an extra turbo boost, and we had made noticeable gains, but this was taxing to the existing telephone service. I remember many instances where we downloaded something and left the computer to complete its task overnight. It was an accomplishment when we saw it successful the next day. Often, it was revealed the session had timed out or lost connection halfway through. "Mission not accomplished."
My Journey for the Ultimate "Smart Home" Part 8
Over the last several years, we have seen tremendous leaps and bounds from the technology available to us. One such "giant leap" has been in the home cleaning market, specifically the robotic vacuum. There are several players in this market, but I bought in early on the iRobot line of Roombas. I have purchased no less than five units over the last few years. I can honestly say all of these are still used today. I will focus on my three favorites below. The laziness in me always welcomed the idea of having a robotic device clean my house while I was away. The delight has been in seeing the improvements which come from each new release.
My Journey for the Ultimate "Smart Home" Part 7
Intelligent Assistants seem to round out one's smart home. There are many to choose from, and I am guilty of using multiple versions. Google has their version with Google Assistant, Amazon has Alexa, Apple has Siri, and Microsoft has Cortana. Each of these has its strengths and weaknesses, but they are intended to make our lives easier.